Send Your Light Bulbs To Washington
All light bulbs have usage advantages. People should feel perfectly free to use and enjoy CFLs and LEDs along with incandescents.
But pushing the use of any bulb is wrong: And CFLs are being pushed on consumers, in energy saving campaigns, in CFL replacement programs, and lately also via regulations, as the only practical replacement alternative, which also happens to be more profitable for the light bulb manufacturers.
"Hey, you can still use energy efficient incandescents like Halogens, and LEDs that show such promise!!" Certainly - as said - all light bulbs have their advantages. But that does not make them worthy replacements.
Replacement Halogen and similar incandescents are still different from simple incandescents in light quality and other respects, apart from costing much more for marginal savings, which is why neither consumers or politicians like them much. No "Halogen replacement program" in any American state!
Besides: All known general service incandescents including touted Halogens will progressively be banned on the enacted EISA 45 lumen per W end regulation standard. That's right. The politicians don't tell you that. USA regulations including updates on repeal bills in local states (legislated Texas June 2011)
LEDs meanwhile have still greater differences, cost much more, and have particular development issues around brightness, omnidirectionality, and broad spectrum light quality.
That is why the replacement push is to use CFLs - as also seen in post-ban Europe. Unfortunately, whatever the CFL energy saving advantages, politicians also choose to hide, obfuscate, or ignore the disadvantages relating to this type of lighting.Therefore this blog seeks to highlight some of these issues, with appropriate references. Not least of which is the issue of CFL disposal:
Improper disposal of compact fluorescent light bulbs is dangerous to your family and to the environment. In some states, it is illegal to put these light bulbs in your trash. It's easy to dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs properly. Just send them to your Senator or Congressman in Washington. Or send them to the EPA.
Category Archives: Mercury and Health
Continuing on with the recent excellent additions to Howard Brandston’s website, http://www.concerninglight.com/commentary.html, it links to an extensive study (alt link) by Rik Gheysens about mercury on fluorescent lighting, the preliminary report now being available, it will have a finalised version, … Continue reading
Washington Times Editorial January 27 2012 Obama’s Twisty Light Bulb Logic President Obama said in his State of the Union address, “I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury pollution.” Of course, no one is … Continue reading
Here is an editorial from today’s Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The fate of Americans making conventional incandescent light bulbs shows the “green” future touted as U.S. manufacturing’s salvation is yet another faulty government premise. Congress effectively outlawed incandescent bulbs as of 2014 … Continue reading
Congress has gone green, according to a story in USA Today. The House of Representatives has switched to compact fluorescent light bulbs. Over 4,000 of these light bulbs have been installed in Senate buildings. So when we say your Senators … Continue reading
An Associated Press story about mercury pollution in the United States has this shocking news: No fish can escape mercury pollution. That’s the take-home message from a federal study of mercury contamination released Wednesday that tested fish from nearly 300 … Continue reading
Proponents of compact fluorescent light bulbs often play down the fact that these light bulbs contain mercury, a dangerous neurotoxin. For example, Cindi Hinton dishes out this nonsense on Examiner.com: They only contain 1.4 to 4 milligrams of mercury. That’s … Continue reading
The Environmental Protection Agency has a useful page on its web site: “Mercury-Containing Light Bulb (Lamp) Collection and Recycling Programs Where You Live“. Recycling programs are not available in all areas. According to the EPA: Some household hazardous waste collection … Continue reading
According to Inhabitat.com, compact fluorescent light bulbs are a very serious health hazard: Mercury from energy production and broken CFL bulbs seeps into soil and water and usually ends up in the bodies of fish. Animals or people who then … Continue reading